It’s a sad commentary on the national debate and our current cultural morass that something like what Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said on Saturday would even need to be said.
On Friday night Texas sheriff deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, was assassinated while pumping gas into his patrol vehicle. Video of the killing shows the deputy being murdered “execution-style” when an African-American man walked up behind him and opened fire on the unaware officer. When the deputy fell to the ground, the assassin stood over him and shot him again. Deputy Goforth died at the scene.
Sheriff Hickman was visibly shaken while explaining what the police knew, “He was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing. I have been in law enforcement for 45 years, I have never seen anything this cold-blooded.”
Then on Saturday the police were able to explain what they believed to be behind the seemingly random killing. The “dangerous national rhetoric” against police that had already led to string of unprovoked attacks over the last few months had taken another victim.
“I will echo also what the DA mentioned. Some of the dangerous national rhetoric that is out there today. Our system of justice absolutely requires law enforcement be present to protect our community, so at any point where the rhetoric runs up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassinations of police officers happens, this rhetoric has gotten out of control.”
We’ve heard ‘black lives matter,’ ‘all lives matter.’ Well cops’ lives matter too. So why don’t we drop the qualifier and just say: Lives Matter. And take that to the bank.”
On Fox News with Judge Jeanine Pirro Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke angrily echoed Sheriff Hickman’s sentiments.
“That’s why I said the President of the United States started this ‘war on police’…
I said last December that war had been declared against the American police officer, led by some high-profile people. One of them coming out of the White House, another one coming out of the U.S. Department of Justice. And it’s open season right now, no doubt about it.”
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